Frozen Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift. With the full-throttle emotionalism of… Frozen Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift. With the full-throttle emotionalism of… 2013-11-27 PG PT102M Animation Kristen Bell Josh Gad Jonathan Groff Idina Menzel Pixar Walt Disney Pictures
Movie Review

Frozen (2013)

MPAA Rating: PG
WARMING UP Frozen is delightfully entertaining in the way that only Disney moves can be.
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WARMING UP Frozen is delightfully entertaining in the way that only Disney moves can be.
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 27, 2013; Rated: PG; Length: 102 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel; Distributors: Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures

Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift. With the full-throttle emotionalism of its Broadway-style musical numbers and its two spunky-princess heroines, the movie is a throwback to the Disney cartoons of the pre-Pixar era. The surprise is that its wholesome spirit suddenly feels bolder than the compulsive cleverness that is Pixar's stock-in-trade. Elsa (Idina Menzel), a royal heir, was born with a power that's really a curse: Everything she touches turns to ice. Her secret is kept under wraps until a wintry tantrum gets her banished from the kingdom. It's up to her sister, Anna (Kristen Bell), to trek into the frozen wilds and bring her back. The journey is a little generic — a motormouthed-snowman sidekick (Josh Gad), a studly guide (Jonathan Groff) — but the tale of these sisters, and what happens when one girl's power exceeds her ability to control it, is touching in an original way. And the exploding-ice-crystal visuals are spectacular: You can almost feel them freeze-burning your fingers. B+

Originally posted Nov 26, 2013 Published in issue #1288 Dec 06, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions